Do you need two PCs or just two stations?

Ed Steele April 20, 2004 2


Forget that low-profile dual-user system, take any Windows 2000 or XP PC, add a PCI video card (or just use a dual-head nVidia or ATI if you don’t mind a performance hit), a USB keyboard and mouse and install BeTwin. Thanks to Windows’ profile system and terminal services engine, as well as a bit of nouse from ThinSoft, you can have two people using the one PC. In fact, you can go up to five users if you can get hold of enough PCI graphics cards and USB hubs. Unfortunately it doesn’t like my laptop’s dual-head adapter, but I will be trying this out on a machine as soon as possible.

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  1. Michael April 20, 2004 at 10:22 pm -

    Nice idea but $99 seems a little bit steep

  2. Krisjohn April 21, 2004 at 9:23 am -

    From where I’m sitting, US$99 plus some spare bits for a whole extra workstation is a bargain. My initial test will let us double the usage of a PC at only 10% extra cost, assuming a spare monitor, keyboard and mouse.